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Matsuyama Castle

Marunouchi, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
+81 89-921-4873
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Ranked #1 of 55 attractions in Matsuyama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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151 reviews 151 reviews
73 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had been looking at this castle from our hotel room at the JAL Matsuyama for days. Finally we visited it. We used our combo ticket which we bought at the tourist office on arrival - a good deal if you plan to use all that it includes: entrance to the castle and access via its cable car/ropeway or chairlift,... More

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New York City, New York
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25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

good castle to see castle defence fortifications, with japanese and english signage placed at strategic locations to help explain the way. i found myself learning quite a bit from this, and enjoyed it a lot. how the castle defence walls curve up is simply beautiful. matsumaya-jo is on a hill, so instead of deciding to brave the castle via walking... More

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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Being far from military installations and industry, Matsuyama Castle survived the war to be one of the most intact examples in the country. The explanations of castle functions and design are excellent as are the views of the city and surrounding hills from its windows. Very impressive and beautiful.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Use the ropeway to get up the hill and walk back down if you have time. Very impressive walled castle with many interesting artifacts inside. Try the green tea icecream in the grounds. Very yummy!

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Nishinomiya, Japan
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I forgot how much I enjoy going to Japanese castles coming here. This is one of the real castles too. No rebuilt concrete walls here. I was carrying my 14kg daughter--who slept most of the time--in a hiking backpack as we explored the castle. Getting up and down the very, very steep staircases with the backpack was an adventure itself.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The walk up to the castle is quite steep but well worth the effort. There are extensive views over Matsuyama.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visited Matsuyama castle in March and it was a very nice experience. The castle and grounds are exceptional and the views of Matsuyama a beautiful. The only negative I can think of is that trying to negotiate the steep stairs carrying a 2 year old was difficult enough without having to wear some horrible slippers that seemed to be unsuitable... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Castle has a great view of the city and interesting displays. You get to walk along inside and go up and down some steep ladders.

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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Impressive reconstruction. I actually liked the display of traditional carpentry joints used in construction. Inside one has to don overshoes. All the locals got green plastic cloggs, but the attendant rushed up to me and proffered some large leather slippers. So large in fact I had great difficulty maneuvering up and down steep stairs. Is that a joke on the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A beautiful old castle, with great views of the city. Very well maintained and restored. Short drive from the centre of town with plenty of parking

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